Reviews

BRITISH COMEDIAN OF THE YEAR  2021-22

The winner, Jeff Innocent, who - with no sense of exaggeration - absolutely stormed the gig. And with the audience voting for the winner, it was surely a runaway victory.

Comedy based on what a performer looks like can be considered a little old hat, but when done as expertly as this, fashions matter not. Taking to the stage shaven- headed and in a tracksuit he describes as ‘retired Cockney criminal leisurewear’, he expertly owns and subverts the expectations that he appears to be an East London geezer with racist attitudes and shady associates.  

Taglines are relentlessly piled on to punch lines, each one skilfully plays with the stereotypes, alternately reinforcing and subverting them until a more complex reality emerges. It’s a taught, gag-heavy set, delivered masterfully, which the audience adores. 

Steve Bennett (Chortle)

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Jeff Innocent delivers a masterclass in stand up comedy every time he performs.

The Times on Sunday

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It should be made law that every British citizen should go and see Jeff innocent, he’s that funny. 

Evening Standard

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Jeff presents a show that’s part history lesson, part sociology lecture, but all funny.

The Guardian

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A superior stand up of many years standing. He commands the room, hits strong gags with style and confidence and has the audience bending to his every whim. 

Steve Bennett (Chortle)

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Clever, honest, funny. Not only hugely likable comedy but fabulously subversive.

The Scotsman

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The body of a nightclub bouncer, the brain of a university boffin.

The Guardian

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Jeff Innocent is like Alan Bennet writing an episode of Minder.

Hot Tickets

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Terrific though provoking comedy with a big warm heart.

Kate Copstick

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